May 26, 2009

This week is a rough one for DVD Lovers...

Indeed, the only film I can muster any kind of enthusiasm for was barely released in theaters and is seen as a rather large failure. It is however, my PICK OF THE WEEK. It's:
It seemed like this film sat on the shelf forever, and it almost never got released. It finally did come out for a few weeks and it was nowhere near as bad a thriller (or a film) as most films that sit unreleased as long as this one did tend to be. All of the cast do a decent enough job, with Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Thomas Jane, Diane Lane, and Rosario Dawson giving this more star power than many wide releases. Throw in fair direction by John Maddon and this is a better film than you might expect.
-The only other major release is New In Town, and Renee Zellweger did nothing for her sagging career with this limp romantic comedy.
-Worth a small note is the direct to DVD release of Powder Blue, an ensemble drama ala Crash which was notable when it was first announced for featuring a Jessica Biel nude scene. If that's your sole reason for looking up a movie, this is one to take a look at, though it also has Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Patrick Swayze, Lisa Kudrow, and Kris Kristofferson to boot.
-My Vintage pick this week is an early Emile Hirsch film called The Mudge Boy. This tale of an outsider dealing with loneliness and the death of his mother in an odd way features a fantastic performance by Hirsch and sublime work by Richard Jenkins as his confused father. Check it out, it's a great little film.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?


  1. i didn't even know Killshot came out

  2. truly is a bad week...

  3. Emile Hirsch tends to always pick good projects (except for Speed Racer), so I'll check your vintage pick out...

  4. Renee needs to retire already...

  5. In my opinion, Killshot was actually a great little thriller which, although somewhat cliche, was extremely well-written and very well-directed.

    I personally thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave one of his best performances in this film, and that Mickey Rourke took on a difficult challenge of making a good character out of a native American without portraying him in a corny way.

    - Josh

  6. Just watched Pi for the first time... great trip. Hard to believe Aronofsky went from that all the way to the Wrestler...

  7. Pi is a classic, no doubt, but I prefer The Wrestler

  8. I prefer Requiem For A Dream, I believe that is his masterpiece. Although his others are very good in their own ways.